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1 Building a Transatlantic Scientific Bridge on Eco-Industries Critical Raw Material JRC: Scientific Support to the EU policies for raw materials Constantin Ciupagea Head of Sustainability Assessment Unit Institute for Environment and Sustainability Joint Research Centre Brussels, 26 september 2013

2 Why Critical Raw Materials (CRM)? Societal and economic historic reasons: High policy awareness about the role of raw materials for economies and the human well-being Main challenges concerning raw materials: prevent scarcity and ensure security of supply of resources Strategic global positioning: Growing world competition for raw materials Resource nationalism: limitation to exports and strategic use of mineral reserves CRM are at stake of the development of eco-industries A challenge for the sustainability of raw materials Through substitution and new products - path towards more innovations 2

3 EU Policy background Other actions: - COM(2012)82 European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials US-EU Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC): Raw Materials Work Plan 9 October 2013 COM(2013)442 On the implementation of the Raw Materials Initiative 3

4 EU Raw Materials Initiative (RMI) Based on three pillars: 1. Access to raw materials on world markets at undistorted conditions 2. Foster sustainable supply of raw materials from European sources 3. Boosting resource efficiency and promoting recycling, in reducing the EU s consumption of primary raw materials Com (2013) Implementation of the RMI: o o List of CRM to be up-dated at every 3 years 2010 Study of the Ad hoc Working Group on Critical Raw Materials for EU The Commission plans to issue a report to the European Parliament and the Council on the review of the critical raw materials list, by

5 Identification of CRM in EU: Current assessment method components (2010) Economic importance Importance of a raw material per economic sector Importance of the sector in the EU economy Supply risk Political and economic stability Level of production concentration Potential for substitution Recycling rate Environmental country risk Risk of environmental protection measures by supplier countries 5

6 EU new agenda on CRM: Updates/revision of the assessment method Factors to investigate for further inclusion: Ore grade indicators Land use aspects Mining governance Corporate concentration Upstream processing By-product dynamics Price volatility Environmental regulation. The EIP goal: To provide Europe with enough flexibility and alternatives in the supply of important raw materials, whilst taking into account the importance of mitigating the negative environmental impacts of some materials during their life cycle. Addresses all stages of the value chain - exploration, extraction, processing, recovery and recycling - - innovations in the area of substitution. 6

7 JRC scientific support to the EU CRM policies Support to RMI Pillar 1: Trade inventory within the Resource efficiency Life Cycle Indicators for a set of CRM Inventory and analysis of assessment methods and actions for security of supply and scarcity of raw materials Support to RMI Pillar 2: JRC Report on Critical Metals in strategic energy technologies ), 2011 Materials Information System (MIS) (currently under development) Updating the CRM selection method in the next 3-years cycle (collaboration with major European consultants). 9 October

8 JRC scientific support to the EU CRM policies Support to RMI Pillar 3: Multi-criteria method for reusability, recyclability, recoverability and durability, to be used in assessments of product policies Supply chain analysis for the sustainable management of CRM Support the ex-post evaluation of the EU waste acquis Other policy support JRC participation in the Ad Hoc Working Group for the identification of CRM with DG ENTR JRC involvement in European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials 9 October

9 JRC support to EIP on Raw Materials * Launched on 22 February 2013 Aim: To make Europe a world leader in raw materials exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution by 2020 JRC work on innovation processes and sustainability of raw materials is expected to cover: 1. Analysis of raw materials as critical bottlenecks to the large-scale deployment of low carbon technologies for energy and transport applications; 2. Support to recycling of critical and strategic raw materials. Support on lifecycle assessment of raw materials and on how to integrate raw material supply shortages, waste management criteria and resource efficiency in European product policies. 3. Potential support on traceability evaluation for conflict minerals (3Ts and gold); lessons learnt from Kimberley process monitoring scheme for supply chain transparency initiatives. 9 October

10 JRC scientific support (Critical) Raw Materials in Energy Technologies Identify the raw material requirements for low-carbon energy technologies Develop methodologies to define and calculate 'criticality' Analyse the impact of disruption of raw material supply on the deployment of energy technologies based on technology penetration scenarios A. Regular assessment reports (SETIS website: B. Materials Information System (MIS) Metals demand by energy technologies, as % of expected supply in Critical materials and energy applications at risk (2013 analysis) Dy, Li and graphite being of particular relevance to the vehicle and wind sectors

11 JRC scientific support: Security of supply & scarcity of raw materials Supply chain analysis for the sustainable management of CRM Information on flows of CRMs in supply chains already available in Life Cycle inventories. Integration of security of supply of raw materials in supply chain analysis Development of a method to measure, assess and verify resource efficiency of products with respect to CRM. Compare environmental performance of different CRM having the same function and facilitate their substitution Analysis of the extent to which CRM are considered in the existing indicators for the impact assessment. Need to further investigate how to combine /integrate supply risk in the impact assessment of products and technologies Identify eco-design requirements for policy and business

12 JRC scientific support: Product policies for CRM Integration of resource efficiency and waste management criteria in European product policies for improving recovery of CRM Development of a method to measure, assess and verify resource efficiency of products based on a set of parameters: Reusability/ Recyclability/ Recoverability ; Recycled content ; Use of priority resources ; Use of hazardous substances ; Durability The method can be used to identify eco-design requirements for policy and business Impact assessment of CRM Supply chain analysis can be used to compare environmental performance of different CRM having the same function and facilitate their substitution Analysis of the extent to which CRM are considered in the existing indicators for the impact assessment 9 October

13 JRC Scientific Support: Resource Life Cycle Indicators - insight into the use of CRM in EU economy CRM extracted within EU-27 or member state territory; CRM entering and exiting EU through intermediate products; EU s overall use of CRM Insight into the total environmental impact of the European Union 13

14 THANK YOU! SETIS website: EPLCA website:

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